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J.B. Ruhl

J.B. Ruhl

Matthews & Hawkins Professor of Property, College of Law, Florida State University

Phone: (850) 644-1596

Fax: (850) 644-0576

Florida State University
College of Law
B.K. Roberts Hall, Room 324



Ph.D. Geography, Southern Illinois University

Research Interests:

Professor Ruhl is a nationally regarded expert in the fields of endangered species protection, ecosystem services policy, regulation of wetlands, ecosystem management, environmental impact analysis and related environmental and natural resources fields. His extensive publications in these fields include recent articles in the Stanford Law Review, Georgetown Law Review, Minnesota Law Review, George Washington Law Review, Washington University Law Review, Boston University Law Review, Environmental Law and Ecology Law Quarterly, several of which have been selected by a national peer review committee as one of the 10 best law review articles in environmental law published during the year of their respective releases. He is a co-author of two casebooks, The Law of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Management (Foundation Press, 2nd ed. 2006), which is the first casebook to organize environmental law under these emerging themes, and the Practice and Policy of Environmental Law (Foundation Press 2008), which is the only environmental law casebook incorporating a practice context focus. He also recently published The Law and Policy of Ecosystem Services (Island Press 2007).

Publications List:

  • Gaming the Past: The Theory and Practice of Historic Baselines in the Administrative State, 64 VANDERBILT LAW REVIEW 1 (2011) (with James Salzman).
  • General Design Principles for Resilience and Adaptive Capacity in Legal Systems: Applications to Climate Change Adaptation Law, 89 NORTH CAROLINA LAW REVIEW ___ (forthcoming 2011)
  • Urban Ecosystem Services, URBAN LAWYER (forthcoming 2011).
  • Adaptive Management in the Courts, 95 MINNESOTA LAW REVIEW 424 (2010) (with R. Fischman).
  • Ecosystem Services and the Clean Water Act: Strategies for Fitting New Science into Old Laws, 41 ENVIRONMENTAL LAW (Forthcoming 2010)